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Wang Dan: Taiwan feels like home to me
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-10 06:27 PM
Democracy activist Wang Dan posted a message on Facebook after arriving in Taiwan late Saturday night for a visit in which he hopes to treat some health problems. He noted that after spending several years in exile in Hong Kong he was delighted to have a chance to come to Taiwan. He said that visiting the island had a nice hometown feel to it, closing with, "I’m glad you people are here, thank you!"

Wang's assistant Hsieh Cheng-chun told reporters that Wang has been experiencing dizziness for about six months and that while in the US he had almost fainted twice while shopping in supermarkets. Hsieh added that last night after Wang arrived in Taiwan he was in a very good mood, and this morning he was not bothered by the dizziness.

Wang will check into a hospital in Taipei Monday to undergo a thorough brain examination. He will see doctors in at least medical departments but is not releasing any further information on his checkup or treatment at the moment

Wang wrote in a Facebook posting March 25 that he thought his problems might be a brain tumor or some other cerebral anomaly and said he hoped the Taiwan government would allow him to visit the island for medical treatment. When he flew into Taoyuan International Airport at nearly midnight Saturday he was happily surprised to see students from the Sunflowers movement at the airport waiting to greet him.

Early Sunday morning Wang wrote that he had settled in before retiring for a good sleep, and when he woke up the next morning he found that more than 15,000 people ‘liked’ his message and four or five hundred had left messages for him, a response that left him feeling "really touched."

Wang said that at present he is unable to go back to the land where he was born, mainland China, and he views Taiwan as his second home.

Wang said people on the Internet have expressed a variety of opinions on his decision to travel to Taiwan for medical treatment. A few disparaged him, saying that "houses there are as small as birdcages" and making other comments that he felt were very unfair to Taiwan and its people.

Wang said he does not put much stock in such remarks. He added that he has considered Taiwan his second home for a long time, and people need to be more polite in their comments about the island.

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